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 Ndola Lime Company Limited (NLC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZCCM-IH.

Our Mission is to supply Limestone products that satisfy customer requirements to the benefit of all stakeholders.
The Company was originally founded on 10th January 1931 as the Northern Rhodesia Lime Company Limited, pursuant to an agreement between the Rhokana Corporation Limited and Mr. John Owen Wallen, a Ndola Engineer to supply lime to the mines.

Early production
Initial lime burning trials were carried out in woodfired, hollowed-out Anthills at Misundu 16 Km North of Ndola close to the Congo border in 1931. The results were encouraging and this led to the construction of underground pot kilns. A second quarry was opened in the late 1930’s at Chipulukusu before the company moved to its present location at Mwatesi in 1962. 

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Present Operations
As the demand for quicklime continued to grow, the plant was expanded until in 1973 when with four Kilns in operation, a new rotary Kiln and crushing plant were commissioned.
In 1986 a 500 tonne per day annular Shaft Kiln was commissioned to cater for increased demand of lime especially at the Tailing leach plant in Chingola.
Quarried limestone consists of 98% calcium carbonate (CaCo3) combined with minor impurities of silica and magnesium carbonate.
The rocks are reduced and graded in a series of crusher and vibrating screens and then stored in silos according to size, either as fluxstone for use in the smelters (0 – 10mm) or as Kilnstone (10 – 35mm) sent to the rotary kiln and 35 – 75mm sent to the Annular Shaft kiln to be further processed into quicklime.
 

To be one of the leading suppliers of

Limestone products in Africa. 

  

To produce and supply Limestone products that meet customer requirements and exceed their expectations in an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly manner for the benefit of all interested parties.